September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Campaign confirms Palin did not go beyond Iraqi border

A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.
A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican VP nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor’s foreign travel.

In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time to visit Alaskan troops stationed in Kuwait. Palin officials originally said her itinerary included U.S. military installations or outposts in Germany and Kuwait, and that she had visited Ireland. An Alaska spokeswoman for Palin had said Iraq was also one of the stops on that trip.

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Palin visited the Iraqi side of a border crossing - but never journeyed past the checkpoint.

Earlier: McCain defends Palin's experience level

Earlier, campaign aides confirmed reports that Palin’s time in Ireland on that trip had actually been a re-fueling stop.

(UPDATED with campaign statement after the jump)

The Obama camp – which has increasingly accused the McCain campaign of deliberately lying in ads and on the stump – was quick to highlight to that story, along with a news report that explored whether the McCain campaign have been sending out wildly inflated crowd estimates.

The McCain team has twice pointed to law enforcement as the source for those estimates – but the same officials denied to Bloomberg News that they had provided the numbers cited by the Republican nominee’s campaign.

"The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor in a statement. “They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?”

A Palin spokesperson also confirmed Saturday that the governor had visited Mexico on a personal vacation trip. She has also visited Canada.

UPDATE: The McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement late Saturday in which they said Palin had traveled into Iraq, although she did not go beyond the border crossing:

"Last summer, Governor Palin travelled to Kuwait where she visited Alaskan National Guard troops deployed to the war in Iraq at Camp Arifjen. While she was there she travelled to the K Crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border, and a quarter mile into Iraq. According to the General who travelled with her, while she was there she presided over a re-enlistment ceremony of an Alaskan National Guard soldier. En route back to the United States, she travelled to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. While in Germany, Governor Palin visited wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl military hospital. She then returned home. She has also visited Canada, as well as Mexico for a vacation."


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  1. Jen VA

    wow another lie pertaining to Palin...what a surprise

    September 13, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Will18E

    It isn't that she just lied, but at the time she had the Alaskan National Guard lie for her too about her itinerary. Get ready for corruption if elected V.P.

    September 13, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Stephanie Mpls, MN

    Is this for real?? It is like bad joke! They must think the people of this country are so stupid. And if they get elected, then I have little faith that things can or will get better.

    On two separate trips, I have been to Mexico, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. I guess I have as much, if not more foreign experience than she does. Point is, it is one lie or complete exaggerating so as not to even resemble the truth after another with these people. Give me a break!

    September 13, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Johnny

    God bless us all if she becomes the Vice President. Dick Chenny will look like Mother Theresa!

    September 13, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. josh

    citizens get the leaders they deserve. there is nothing the republicans have to offer.They outrightly lie & journalists and 50% of Americans think she is cool. the real problem is Americans are not ready for a black president and palin just gives these people an excuse to vote reoublican. sad day for human race is coming 4th november.

    September 13, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Chris Doerfler

    Is anybody else seeing that this woman is just a cookoo and not experienced to even be governor of Alaska!?

    September 13, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Obama Biden '08

    Good grief. A new day, a new lie. Is this what we have to look forward to from now until November?

    September 13, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. KCarroll

    While Govenor Palin may be good for the GOP, she is no good for the country. There are too many inconsistencies with her record from global warming, her trip to Iraq, earmark spending, and the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. The Republican base only began to rally around Senator McCain after her nomination, which questions the base's loyalty to their Presidential candidate. What frightens me is if Senator McCain is elected, Govenor Palin would be the next person in line should something happen to Mccain. She is far too under educated to lead the United States. Her selection appears to be a ploy on the part of the McCain campaign to win at all cost, even at the expense of the American people. I hear more ploitical rhetoric fron the GOP candidates, more devisive remarks about Senator Obama, and less specifics on how McCain and Palin would lead the Country into the future. We've gone from Swiftboat politics to Lipstick politics and I'm not willing to pucker up and kiss our future goodbye

    September 13, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Ericka

    It saddens me that McCain (who at one time seemed to have unshakable integrity in the political arena) has now resorted to lying and smeer tactics just to win. If he really believes in putting country first, he should at least have enough respect for his fellow countrymen to tell the truth.

    September 13, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Hmm... why so quiet? More lies.

    September 13, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Danielle

    is it me, or does anyone else realize that Palin is a liar. I really don't think that John Mccain did his homework when he chose her. He just wanted a pretty face, not someone that was actually the best choice, with experience. if anyonne get a chance they should go to adn.com( ankorage daily news) and see how many anti-Palin supporters from her state there is and all the lies that she has told the people of Alaska, and how many of them don't support her. If she was so great she would have many more supporters from Alaska. I even read that her mother-in -law said she isn't sure if she wants to vote for her. If she was such a great law maker than her mom- in -law wouldn't have a doubt of who to vote for.

    September 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Turn the lights back on

    I think there are a few other questions that should be asked, when it comes to Sarah Palin...
    How many states has she visited prior to her nomination?
    How much time has she spent in Washington DC?
    My guess would be not many or much.

    I lived in Alaska for a year and a half and during that time, I realized how out of touch with the 'Lower 48' many of the people and policies are there. Do we really want someone talking foriegn policy with other nations that may not even know her own country very well?

    I haven't heard any mention of how or if she would be able to adjust to life in DC. The adjustment to a move to the "Lower 48" for Alaskans is often a challenge and Govenor Palin didn't even want to move to the City when she was elected as Alaska's Govenor. How are she and her family (most of which have never lived outside of a 7,000 person town), going to adjust and will she be ready to run a country under those conditions? The move out of the tundra and into the heat of DC has the potential to take it's toll on anyone.

    Remember that the VP is a representative of our Nation and should be able to represent us well. Can you imagine the laughing stock that the US could become, with the beauty queen and the self-proclaimed "First Dude" (with no college education that I am aware of) representing us at UN and other international functions?

    September 13, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. DA

    LOL...these guys are the biggest liars in a campaign I have seen in a long time. Palin tried to tie those personal trips to Mexico and Canada like they were trips on Government business when Charlie asked her that question the other night. I knew he should have asked if they were personal trips!!! LOL...she is a FAKE!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. ny

    what else is new...liar, liar

    September 14, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. Mike

    Republicans can never take the blame for anything! The last 8 years is proof of that. Sara Palin did not have a scripted speach in front of her this time and it really showed. However, Republicans will blame it all on Charles Gibson. It was not Palin fault she could not handle some basic questions about what kind of Vice President she would be. What a typical Rush Limbagh like reaction to this interview. Rush, Hannity and the rest of the conservative talking heads have taught Republicans that it is so much easier to shift or deflect blame for republican failures on others. Nothing is ever their fault. The economy, the mortgage crisis, unemployment, Iraq, inflation is all someone elses creation. Never mind the fact that republicans have been in charge of all components of government the last 8 years. They will blame the democrates because they had a one vote majority in Congress. They don't want you to know that they have either filibustered or had Bush veto any changes proposed by the democrates. It is time to vote out the irresponsible republicans from the White House, Vote out the obstructionist republicans from the Senate, and anywhere else you can boot them out from. Unless you are happy with the state of our Nation. Vote for a new direction. Vote out the failure and incompetance of the Republican party.

    September 14, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  16. LJinLACA

    It is absolutely unbelievable that the American voter is so confused by this presidential race.

    An astounding 4 trillion dollar increase in the national debt – now 9 TRILLION dollars!

    It threatens all of us left unchecked – let's vote to fix this.

    Palin is being used, and willingly going along with the shell game being played on the country.

    Most of us have been to more foriegn countries than Paylin.

    The minimum requirement
    For running for office she meets, as most of us do.

    I would rather have more intelligence than less, more education than less, and a better plan than a worse plan.

    If we apply that LOGIC, we will all benefit from the outcome. We expect this, and we are taught to strive for this.

    This election WILL be a referendum on the state of mind of the American people.

    I personally believe more people will vote based on choosing the best qualified candidate.

    I don't believe the less educated, worse plan for pulling this country out of this nose dive will succeed.

    Popularity, fiscal ignorance, and a desire to continue trying to occupy every country who doesn't accept our way of life is not the answer.
    The USA is not going to rid the world of a mindset of individuals estimated to be as large as 1/3 of the U.S. population.

    We are not going to put Americans back to work by adding CAFTA to the job vacuum.

    If you seriously consider these simple points, you will know in your heart who you should vote for. What happens in the voting booth is all up to you.

    September 14, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  17. DonnieJ

    Doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is.

    Only visited Mexico and Canada – on vacations.

    Visited troops (no foreign leaders) in Kuwait.

    "Can see Russia" from her home state.

    Seriously, people. Does this person really have what it takes to negotiate with foreign leaders?

    She may be great at shooting the breeze with a Wal-Mart greeter, but we are talking about being a heartbeat away from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES here! To all Palin lovers – snap out of it!!

    Maybe if we were in a time of solid world peace would it be OK to have someone with ZERO foreign policy/relations credibility, but that time is not now.

    September 14, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. nikki

    yea, she's a liar....that is a qualification for the white house!!

    September 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. show

    unbelievable! palin is really a liar, and anyone who would continue to listen to her inflated stories and actually believe her or mcsame are kidding themselves..

    September 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Enough!!!

    Child please.

    September 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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